Maine’s Model of School Support is an accountability system that measures the progress of Maine’s public schools to inform schools, the state, and the federal government on how Maine schools are performing, and determine where additional support is needed throughout Maine to help improve student achievement.
School progress is measured through key areas of school and student success, called "indicators." They are based on data collected from schools annually:
- Chronic Absenteeism (K-12): Students absent for 10% or more of the days enrolled, excused and unexcused
- Academic Achievement Mathematics (grades 3-8; third year high school): Students’ state assessments scores in math compared to state expectations
- Academic Achievement English Language Arts (grades 3-8; third year high school): Students’ state assessments scores in ELA compared to state expectations
- Progress in English Language Proficiency (K-12): English learners’ progress toward meeting their annual growth goals
- Academic Progress Mathematics (grades 3 - 8): Comparison of students’ state assessment scores in math from one year to the next
- Academic Progress English Language Arts (grades 3 - 8): Comparison of students’ state assessment scores in ELA from one year to the next
- Graduation Rate (high schools): Students achieving a diploma
Eligible individual student populations (where there are ten or more students of a specific student population) are also measured to identify where targeted support is needed. Student populations include: economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, English learners, and students who are white, black, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, Native American, Hispanic, or two or more races.
To determine each school’s performance on the indicators listed above, Maine uses data collected from public schools on an annual basis to provide each school with a performance rating on each applicable indicator.
Performance on each of the indicators is reported on a range of four levels:
- Emerging - All eligible student groups have not met state expectations
- Developing - At least one eligible student group has met or exceeded state expectations
- Meeting - All eligible student groups have met or exceeded state expectations
- Excelling - All eligible student groups have exceeded the state expectations
Annually, the State issues each public school with a Report Card, which provides a summary of the applicable school accountability metrics, in addition to other available data about the school. This system of collection, reporting, and support works to inform both state and local decision-makers of the greatest needs that exist within our schools and our state.